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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas cookies are a wonderful gift to give to loved ones. They look beautiful decorated on a platter and gifted in baskets. The glaze sets hard and the cookies can be stacked once they’re set.

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup butter (preferably unsalted)
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Method –

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C and line two baking sheets with parchment or butter paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, using a hand mixer.
  • Add in the vanilla and almond extract and beat it for two more minutes.
  • Add the milk and beat for an additional minute, until it is completely incorporated.
  • Add the flour in 3 batches of ½ cup each.
  • Beat until the flour is incorporated entirely.
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for ½ an hour, until it is firm.
  • Sprinkle the counter with flour before rolling out the dough until it is 1/4th of an inch thick.
  • Dip each cookie cutter lightly in flour cut out the cookies from the dough.
  • Lay them on the tray and bake for 7-10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Transfer the cookies to a rack, until they’re cool.

GLAZE FOR THE COOKIES

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 6 teaspoons milk
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Food colouring of choice

Method –

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Gently stir in the milk and corn syrup.
  • Stir until it is smooth and add the lemon juice.
  • Separate the icing into different bowls if you’re using multiple colours.
  • Add a few drops of food colouring to achieve the colour you want.
  • Dip the front of each cookie gently over the top of the icing to get a smooth layer.
  • Smooth over any bumps with a pallet knife.
  • Sprinkle over decorations if you like.

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